Dear filmmakers:

In these changing times as Black and like minded film artists the world has become more complex and challenging. It has also awaken our creativity and diversity as people seeking a need to increase their awareness, find healing, and support artist of the Afro diaspora. The Vancouver Black Independent Film Festival in its debut wants to use film to create a space for BLACK artists to share their stories, conversations, and award our excellence of many lives we call black.

Since 2000, Fade to Black has advocated for black artists and their stories here on the North American west coast providing perspectives that often goes unnoticed, giving black artists and their audience help in finding solutions, and building upon them. The curated independent films presented by Fade to Black covers a wide variety of topics such as fiction & historical stories, Afro futurisms, activism & poverty, not to mention prejudice, the environment, sustainability, mature to sex/drugs-trafficking, government and military complex, and so much more. The Festival also gives opportunity for short films, film reels and all around ‘feel good’ films that inspire and reinforce the best in all of us … as well as films that simply provide laughter.

The voice of the Afro community is now more important than ever. And your submissions are an important gateway in navigating these challenging times together.

Submit your features, documentaries and short films to our Festival! Topics in film we specifically cultivate include Black Women in film, African Canadian Cinema, film exploring veterans and marginalized and indigenous communities, Student Film projects and shorts with Black people subject matter; Sports, Afrofuturism, Animation and World Cinema

Mailing Address:
Vancouver Black Independent Film Festival
Programming Department
877 Hamilton st, Suite: fadetoblacklab
Vancouver, BC V6B 2R7
Mail: 113 – 633 w8th ave. Vancouver/BC. V5Z 1C7
Email: fadetoblackproduction@gmail.com
Phone: 646-535-4695
The submissions deadline is a “postmarked by” deadline. If your film is postmarked past the deadline you will be prompted.

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are accepted. Be sure to note on the submission cover letter what elements are still being worked on. Yes, we do consider rough cuts and works-in-progress. Please note in the submission cover letter what elements are still being worked on.

All films completed after January 1, 2019 are eligible for submission.

Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance by Nov 1, 2022. Our final decisions will be announced on approximately November 5th. All filmmakers will be contacted via email.

Email: fadetoblackproduction@gmail.com to inquire or Submit The submissions deadline is a postmarked by deadline. Please be sure to label the DVD with the title, contact information, or FilmFreeway tracking number and run time.

Soon after we receive your submission your film status on will be changed to green. If it was a physical entry please email: fadetoblackproduction@gmail.com

You can submit more than 1 film Yes, but each film must be submitted separately through the submission platform. It is not required to send any additional materials, however if you wish, we do accept electronic press kits.

A copy of your student ID and a note that the film was a student film production in the synopsis/cover letter field of your submission.It is also suggested that you retain at least film festival rights for your music.

Unfortunately due to time constraints and the large number of submissions, we are unable to give individual feedback to those not excepted.

Submission materials will not be returned due to the large number of entries.

Filmmakers of any age may submit their film.

If premiered and distributed already Yes we except, however our only requirement is that films must be Vancouver premieres. Your film must only be a Vancouver premiere to be considered. However, higher premiere status will be taken into consideration when making final decisions.

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  • Marva Gregorio De Souza

    So happy to have been a part of this festival. Even though I couldn't be there in person the staff were extremely helpful and patient. Time to start making a film to submit for the next one!

    January 2023
  • N Rathaan

    CREATIVES ARE RECOGNISED BY CREATIVES. WAS A GREAT OPENING TO GET SELECTED AND SCREENED. HIGHLY PROFFESIONAL IN CONDUCTING AND COMMUNICATING. FUELING ALL CREATIVE PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE. SINCERE HEARTFUL THANKS FOR THE FESTIVAL AND THE TEAM BEHIND IT.
    - N RATHAAN - ACTOR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    We wouldn't of done it without you, nuff luV strength&guidance

  • Thank you for selecting my film. I really wished I could have attended. The organization seems to have filmmakers at the forefront. I appreciated the communication and energy the festival gave to me. Best Wishes for the future and I look forward to coming in person.

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Would of loved to have you and everyone celebrate these achievements let see our funders recognize our efforts as you do Jah LuV <3

  • It was an amazing experience, I see this festival growing into something great 😊

    December 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for helping us grow...here to you and the crew for looking good at the 2nd annual event,)

  • Preston Chase

    First and Foremost...Thank you so much for the official selection for my first film Mr.Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story. I highly recommend the Vancouver Black Film Festival. I hope to be back down the road

    December 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks brudah... really appreciate this and your kind words as we are still building and can use all the support and gratitude to keep this event alive. I have nothing but great praise and amazement of the story you captured and designed for a piece of history we need to tell our folks and we look forward on your presence in the future at the event or in passing. Keep on Keeping on...there's lots of great stories we're about to unveil. Strength & Guidance
    Lincoln & Doreen ><Happy New Year!!<<